Fruits of the Spirit Recipes: Love and Joy

The holidays are officially here… let’s take that in for a moment. And let’s have some real talk in that moment. The holidays can be filled with so much happiness, but this time of year can also be really hard for some folks. And I’ll be the first one to raise my hand and say I’m really struggling this particular holiday season. So when I’m struggling to actually feel bright and cheery, I do my best to count my blessings, live in abundance and focus on the good stuff. In this case, the good stuff I’m focusing on are the Fruits of the Spirit. LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, and SELF CONTROL.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” –Galatians 5:22-23 

I initially planned to do one recipe round up post with recipes representing the different Fruits, but I received such an overwhelming response from my amazing dietitian colleagues that this will actually be a FOUR part recipe roundup series!

Can you use some love? How about some joy? Sign me up- this holiday season- and every day of the year. Here are some of the most delicious and good for you recipes that show off LOVE with their cute heart shapes!
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Yogurt Parfait with Strawberry Hearts from Create Kids Club

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Protein Rich Cherry French Toast from Amy Gorin Nutrition

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Chickpea Hazelnut Spread from Euphoria Nutrition

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Chicken and Rice Soup from Living Well Kitchen

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Lemon Chia Cheesecake from Shaw’s Simple Swaps

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Vegan Nice Cream Hearts from Emily Kyle Nutrition


I also want to leave you with one of my favorite verses about joy…. the one in James that reminds us that joy is NOT dependent on our circumstances (#preachingtomyself). Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”  James 1:2-3

How about some joy in your life? Or in your kitchen? These recipes are so bright and cheery that they’re sure to make you smile!
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Peanut Butter Glazed Blueberry Mini Donuts from Hungry Hobby

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2 Ingredient Protein Pancakes from 80 Twenty Nutrition

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Chopped Salad with Blueberry BBQ Salmon from KISS in the Kitchen

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Beet Falafel Sliders with Dill Tahini Dressing from Shaw’s Simple Swaps

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Lunchbox Chickpea Salad from Food Pleasure and Health

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Garlic Herb Steak Salad from KISS in the Kitchen

Wishing every single one of you love and joy in your daily lives! Stay tuned for more Fruits of the Spirit Recipes throughout the month of December! <3 Shannon
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38 Responses

  1. I absolutely love this my sweet friend. I know it’s a tough season and I am just so proud of you for keeping your spirits high and focusing on the positive! Hang in there sweetie!! Thanks for including me in this!

  2. Such eye candy. What a lovely fruit recipe round-up. Great idea to put into a series with so many great recipes to feature.

  3. I meant to say food round-up (not fruit), but I’ve got FRUIT on my mind. So many great Fall fruits I guess. lol! Happy Holidays.

  4. This roundup is amazing! It really put me in the holiday spirit and I can’t wait to eat my way through it 🙂

  5. Big virtual hug! I hear you about the holidays. So many mixed emotions. I lost a baby this time last year and the memory of it keeps hitting me over and over now.

    1. Sending you a big virtual hug, Jessica! That’s a tremendous loss and grief is such a challenging and unpredictable process. Love and prayers for comfort and wholeness this holiday season. Xo.

  6. What a great post, Shannon. I think we could all use a little love and joy year round! Gorgeous recipes, love the hearts!

  7. I love the idea behind this roundup! Just scrolling through all of these delicious recipes definitely brings me joy 😉 Can’t wait to check out the rest of the roundups in this series!

  8. Loved reading this post! I too am feeling a little down this holiday season but focusing on spreading love and joy…and all that I am grateful for definitely helps. (As does making cheery heart shaped food!) ?

    1. Aww, thank you! The holidays can really be a challenge sometimes, but attitudes of gratitude can certainly be spirit-lifters; let’s commit to doing that together, k? 🙂

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